SWOOD Design

Learn how to build a bespoke and intelligent library of woodworking panels, frames, connectors and intelligent box models

Training Course Contents

SWOOD Design is a bespoke set of tools for SOLIDWORKS designed specifically to help automate the design of your furniture projects.

During the course you will learn how to build a bespoke and intelligent library of panels, frames, connectors and intelligent SWOOD box models that will allow you to quickly create new furniture designs, complete with all the required manufacturing detail by using simple drag and drop from your library. Throughout the course we will explore the benefits of SWOOD Design reporting.

This training course will help you to:

  • Build libraries of components
  • Work effectively with projects
  • Create layouts such as kitchens, bedrooms or bathrooms

Course Info at a glance

Duration: 3 Days (6 hours/day)

Hands-on Practical Training

SWOOD Software required

Basic/Intermediate Level

Course Preview

Take a look at some of the designs and furniture you will be creating during the course

Requirements & Benefits


At least 1 month using software

Able to take time out for training

Features Targeted

Panel Design

Frame Design


Skills you will acquire

Setup the SWOOD Add-in

Plan the layout of a room

Link data using the SWOOD Center

SWOOD Design Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course

Introduction: Overview

This lesson will give a thorough understanding on the initial SWOOD setup, ensuring standard libraries and specific document templates are loaded and accessible for all of the design team to use. Following on from the setup, learn how to customize the user interface to meet your own specific requirements.

Lesson 1: Panel Design

Take a look into the design and construction details of an individual SWOOD panel. Specify core and laminate materials, including stock offsets, grain direction and edge banding properties, as well as applying standard and bespoke mouldings. Learn how to add parameters that will drive the size and shape of the overall panel and its hole, pocket, slot and edging details.

Lesson 2: Frame Design

Bringing together the panel design fundamentals from the previous lesson, we now assemble a series of panels and add parameters to create a fully configurable frame in our library. The lesson is completed by learning how to drag and drop intelligent fasteners from the connector library onto the new frame.

Lesson 3: Connectors

Lesson 3 focuses on the functionality and configuration of the connector library. The library contains a range of fixings from cams and dowels to biscuit and mortice and tenon joints. During the lesson we will customise some connectors by adding rules so they work intelligently as your design evolves.

Lesson 4: SWOODBox

A SWOODBox is an intelligent and adaptable means of applying draws, doors, shelves, hanger rails, etc., to your frame design by drag and dropping items from your library onto a model. The lesson covers how to construct a SWOODBox feature for your library by adding rules which control sizes, quantities and the necessary hole details required onto adjacent panels, such as hinge rebates and shelf hole pitches.

Lesson 5: Layout Project

Creating a SWOOD Layout brings together the work undertaken in the previous lessons. It is here where we can use a SOLIDWORKS assembly to plan the layout of a room and populate it with frames and SWOODBox items from your library.

Lesson 6: SWOOD Center Configurator

SWOOD Center Configurator is included in every seat of SWOOD Design. SWOOD Center allows the capture of parameters and dimensions at the top level of a project including SOLIDWORKS dimensions, SOLIDWORKS custom properties, SWOODBox parameters and Panel material information. This lesson covers the use and benefits of SWOOD Center to control and link multiple top level information.


"Excellent, patient and understanding of our individual needs, meaning none of us felt out of place whilst keeping us on cores to complete all the modules."

— Course student

"Excellent online course. Well presented by Jassim who was both thoughtful and flexible with attendees and his ability to teach virtually. He shared his knowledge and fielded lots of questions and scenarios, I feel confident to start using SWOOD Design."

— Course student

Training Methods

Choose from three different training methods available to you

SOLIDWORKS Group Training

Group/Public Training

Receive SOLIDWORKS training as a group in a traditional classroom environment.

Classes can be taken in one of our 12 training locations across Canada using SOLIDWORKS approved training content and methodologies.

  • Cost effective training method.
  • Leave the office to concentrate on learning.
  • Learn more through group questions and feedback.
SOLIDWORKS Online Training

Live Online Training

With our online training you will experience an interactive learning environment where you can give feedback, gain access to the SOLIDWORKS training files and get time to work on training exercises.

  • Online courses are typically half day sessions.
  • More effective than video based training, with recorded videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
SOLIDWORKS Onsite Training

Onsite at your location

Receive training at your place of work. This style of flexible training is perfect for teams or individuals who are faced with a specific challenge and require personalized courses with on-the-job coaching.

  • Use our state-of-the-art mobile classroom at your facility.
  • Bring your team up to a consistent level of knowledge by having them take the same training at the same time.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling options.

Upcoming Classes

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